UK company First Subsea has won a contract to supply a cable connector for the latest phase of the world’s largest floating wind turbine project in Japan.
In the third phase of the Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Farm Demonstration project, the connector will link a 22kV cable to a 7 MW wind turbine.
First Subsea has already provided all the cable connectors for both 22kV and 66 kV cables on the project.
In the first phase, two cable connectors were used to connect a 22kV cable to a 2 MW wind turbine and a floating substation, and a third cable connector was used for a 66kV cable connection to the substation.
The second phase saw cable connectors used for two 22kV cables from the substation to subsea cable joints close to the eventual positioning of the wind turbines.
The First Subsea cable connector has a self-activating, ball and taper mechanism allowing both diver-less and ROV-less deployment offshore.
The Fukushima floating pilot wind farm project is backed by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and is intended to lay the foundation for the world’s largest offshore wind development.